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Mining association selects new president

Paul Kavinoky is the new president of the Alabama Mining Association.

Kavinoky spent the last seven years with the Bradley Arant law firm in Birmingham, where he was  a senior advisor in the governmental affairs and economic development practice group. 

“We are pleased to have Paul leading the mining association at such a pivotal time in our industry,” Walt Scheller, a member of the Alabama Mining Association Board of Directors, said in a written statement. “Paul’s extensive background in mining and lobbying experience will allow him to add immediate value to the association and all its members.”

Kavinoky replaces Patrick Cagle, who in the summer said he was leaving the trade association to pursue a career in ministry. 

Before joining Bradley Arant, Kavinoky served as chief advisor for global mining company Rio Tinto in Washington, D.C., leading its U.S. government and external affairs strategy.

“I am thrilled to be back fighting for the mining industry every day,” said Kavinoky, who lives in Homewood. “Mining and extractives are in my blood.”

Kavinoky was previously a senior managing director at Dentons, an international law firm, where he focused on extractives and trade issues. He’s also a former Capitol Hill staffer, having worked for Republican Congressmen George Nethercut of Washington and Richard Pombo.

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